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July 04 2011

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Sends First Tweet

Vice President Joe Biden’s office sent out its first tweet on Independence Day.

Although the @vp Twitter account was created on June 28, the Vice President’s staff waited until July 4 to tweet: “VP & Dr. B [Dr. Jill Biden] hope you take time to think about our troops & military families this Independence Day, Happy 4th from OVP! @joiningforces.”

The White House Blog wrote that Vice President Biden’s office joined Twitter in preparation for the first ever Twitter Town Hall with President Obama, scheduled for this Wedensday at 2 p.m. EDT.

The tweeters behind the account promise to keep followers updated on the activities and news surrounding the Vice President’s executive actions and travels, as well as “a behind the scenes look at Veep-life.”

More About: Joe Biden, News, polics, social media, tweet, twitter, vice president

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August 07 2010

Apple’s iPhone Executive Leaves After Antennagate

Mark Papermaster, the senior vice president ultimately responsible for the iPhone’s hardware, has left Apple only a short time after his start date. Neither Papermaster nor Apple will comment on the story behind the departure, but insiders are speculating that he was dropped from the company as a result of the iPhone 4’s “Antennagate” PR disaster.

The New York Times broke the news earlier today, and reported that Senior VP of Macintosh Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield has taken over Papermaster’s duties. Mansfield also worked closely with the iPhone 4’s hardware — specifically the device’s retina display, touch screen and A4 microprocessor.

Since Apple and Papermaster have declined to explain the departure, we don’t know whether he left of his own accord, was fired, or some gray area in between. However, renowned Apple insider John Gruber wrote on his blog Daring Fireball today: “From what I’ve heard, it’s clear he was canned.” Gruber notes that Papermaster was not in attendance at Apple’s damage control press conference (the one at which Steve Jobs announced free iPhone cases), but Mansfield was.

Gruber also says that for weeks Papermaster has been known as “the guy responsible for the antenna” within Apple. Ouch.

Interestingly, Apple fought quite hard to hire Papermaster two years ago. He had worked at IBM for 25 years previously, and IBM sued when Apple tried to hire him, accusing him of exposing inside company secrets. The case was eventually settled, but Papermaster’s start date was delayed until April 2009. Barely a year later, Papermaster’s profile has been removed from the list of executives at Apple’s website.

More About: antenna, Antennagate, apple, cell phone, executive, handset, iphone, iphone 4, mark papermaster, Mobile 2.0, phone, smartphone, vice president, vp

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